Live-In care is a permanent home care solution where you as a Care Worker are required to live with the client in their own home seven days a week.
It allows a Client to stay at home in familiar, relaxed surroundings, supported by a full-time Live-In Care Worker who undertakes all the duties detailed in an individually designed care plan.
Many Care Workers enjoy this one-to-one personal home care service as it allows them to concentrate on one person at a time. Unlike other care environments, Live-In Care Workers have the time to build a relationship and maintain a high standard of care.
Whilst it is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding jobs you can have, it can also be challenging and comes with a certain amount of personal responsibility.
It takes a special kind of person to be a Live-In Care Worker. A good Care Worker is someone who truly cares about others and is not just earning a living. This is a special job, and it needs special people to do it.
Every Live-In Care Worker gets 14 hours break away from their Client a week. This is usually split into 2 hours a day when the Care Worker is relieved by another Care Worker or a family member; but all placements and families work differently. When you do have time off its a great time to concentrate on hobbies like going to the gym, cinema or just browsing through the books in the local library.
Whilst it is advantageous for our Care Workers to be able to drive, it is not necessary to have your own car. The ability to drive offers flexibility on several levels; it gives us greater flexibility in the care packages that we can offer you.
If you would like to work in a more remote, rural placement, then that is more feasible if you can drive and have a car. It also gives you the flexibility to get out and about with your Client if their condition allows. If the Client still has a car, we often suggest that our Care Worker be added to the family insurance policy.
Matching Our Clients with Our Live-In Care Workers
At Calon Lan we put a lot of effort into our matching process; we try to match based on personality, location and experience. Experience is a big determining factor when matching a Client and Care Worker. Certain care packages and conditions will require more experience than others; we never put our Care Workers into situations they are not equipped to handle.
Some of our Care Workers prefer to work in city environments, others prefer the countryside. Some like to be close to home and others prefer to see different parts of the country. We try to accommodate everyone’s preference, but we do ask for some flexibility.
Whilst it is advantageous for our Care Workers to be able to drive, it is not necessary to have your own car. The ability to drive offers flexibility on several levels; it gives us greater flexibility in the care packages that we can offer you. If you would like to work in a more remote, rural placement, then that is more feasible if you have a car. It also enables you to get out and about with your Client if their condition allows. If the Client still has a car, we often suggest that our Care Worker be added to the family insurance policy.
Changeover of Care Workers
When a Care Worker first starts with Calon Lan, they shadow an existing Care Worker for a period. This could be six hours if the care package is quite straightforward, or up to 24 hours if it is more complex. Support is something our Care Workers are never short of; as well as a Live-In care manager; there is always someone on call to offer help, support, or advice.
When a new Care Worker goes in to replace an existing Care Worker, we insist on a fully detailed handover. Whether acting as holiday cover or as a permanent replacement, this principle remains. This protects our Care Workers (and our Clients) from the unexpected. The new Care Worker will be fully briefed on all aspects of the individual care plan, including routines, medications, preferred meals, nap times and any other pertinent information.
What Does the Job of a Live-In Care Worker Involve?
Living in the Client’s home, you will be there to offer help with personal care or overseeing medication. You will often help with mobility, and keep up with household chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry, and shopping. However, your most important job is to spend quality time with the Client as their companion, chatting, keeping them company, and empowering them to be independent.
Experience of caring for people is preferred when taking on the role of a Live-In Care Worker but is not essential. A compassionate nature, good communication skills and a professional approach are essential.
Before being appointed, all our Live-In Care Workers are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Applicants must have the right to work in the EU as we are unable to provide sponsorship or assistance.